Tennessee Marble Company was honored to receive an MIA Excellence Award and The Grand Pinnacle award for its role as a fabricator for the MN State Capitol project. Five companies involved in the project were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the restoration project. The project, supplied by Polycor Inc. required nearly 4000 pieces of Georgia White marble for replacement on the exterior of the building.
As one of three fabricators, TMC cut, fabricated and shaped unique pieces in varying sizes, thickness and molds using CNC technology as well as hand carving techniques to achieve a blend of old and new pieces throughout the sprawling facade.
“This project was like no other exterior stone restoration project in our 24 year history, due to the volume of matching stone required, and the extent of the custom shaping performed on the stones,” said President, Monica Gawet.
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2014 MIA Award of Merit went to the Center for Strategic & International Studies and its installer Rugo Stone, LLC.
The judges comment of the project: “Perfect execution. Stone supports and enhances the architecture.”
“The interior space is completely clad and paved in elegant marbles. The walls are clad in Tennessee Pink marble with a sand blasted finish. The Design allowed for the same appearance of the exterior stone finish to pass through into the interior space at all the curtain wall intersections… The Open space is completely clad with Tennessee Pink marble, fabricated by Tennessee Marble Company, which created a very warm and uniform background.“
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2012 MIA Pinnacle Award of Excellence Renovation/Restoration
In 2012 Tennessee Marble Company was awarded the Pinnacle Award of Excellence for the Renovation/Restoration of the 1910 Harris County Courthouse. In 2003 The 1910 Harris County Courthouse was restored to show off the buildings immaculate interior. With 15,000 square feet of beautiful diamond matched Georgia “Pearl” Stone covering the walls and the stairway, the courthouse truly is a sight to see.
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In the Alabama Department of Archives and History Building in the West Wing you will find the beautiful floor made out of Tennessee Rose Marble. a 34′ x 26′ 340 piece ellipse is centered in the floor. Five ellipse accents, six diamond accents and four triangle accents make up this magnificent floor found in the main hallway from the lobby.
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MCSF Founders Award
Maryville City School Foundation presented DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee Inc. with a magnificent award for their 22 year history of supporting the education system in Maryville. Donated by Tennessee Marble Company, The 65 pound bowl made of Tennessee pink marble, shows the craftsmanship that Tennessee Marble has to offer. Since 1998, Tennessee Marble owners Monica Gawet and Gus Zacharias is recognized as one of the MCSF most supportive donors by giving to foundation through their company and personally.
Women In Stone
In April of 2016 at the Black Equinox event in Chicago, four women were honored by Polycor for the outstanding work they have accomplished in the stone industry. Monica Gawet of Tennessee Marble Company, Kathleen Carle of J.C. Stone, Barbara Cohen of Miller Duck Specialty Contracting, and Brenda Edwards of TexaStone Quarries.
New Mexico’s Statue for U.S. Capitol
Cliff Fragua is a Native of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. The artist was chosen to sculpt a 7-foot statue of Po’Pay. Po’Pay was a medicine man and religious leader in the late 1600’s. Completely made of Tennessee Marble, the 7-foot statue now resides in the Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center representing the state of New Mexico.
Hammerhead Stonewords produced this exquiste mosaic named “GreenMan” for the the Green Man Brewery’s new taproom in Asheville, NC. Several varieties of regional stone make up the artwork. Stones quarried by Tennessee Marble Company play a key role in the piece, namely Tennessee Quaker Gray, Tennessee pink, Windham Green and Champlain Black marbles. Lead by artist and creator Marc Archambault, the studio artists and handcutters at Hammerhead Stoneworks cut each individual piece by hand. Hammerhead used all reclaimed or waste stone from TMC’s quarry and factory. Some stones used were as thick as 2″ and others as thin as 3/8″ to help the artists achieve the recreation of the brewery’s logo. The mosaic is 20 feet tall and 16 feet wide.
Emma Levitz is an emerging artist from Southern Vermont, currently living and working out of Middle Tennessee. She has a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (’16) and works in a variety of materials such as marble, cast iron, steel, aluminum, copper, and others. She works both sculpturally and functionally, lately working on a series of marble bowls and kitchenware. The series is inspired by the marble quarries and architecture that surrounded her growing up in Vermont and also by the very different marble she has recently been introduced to in the South through Tennessee Marble Company. To see more of her work click here.